In 1 Timothy, we read a warning against false teaching. Part of this warning is against false doctrines. It also mentions myths and endless genealogies. We are warned against the things as they take us away from the “stewardship of God’s work, which is by faith” (NIV). Paul makes it clear that the aim, the purpose is “love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and a genuine faith” (NLT).
Too often, we get caught up in endless discussions about things that pull us away from a true relationship with Jesus. The devil loves when we get ourselves distracted. While we are distracted, we are handicapped. While we are focused on things that aren’t really that important, we find ourselves missing the most important One.
Today, remember Who you are meant to fix your eyes upon. Do not let the endless discussions distract you from God’s purpose for your life. Do not let these meaningless things keep you from living a life of faith in God. You were made for more!
“Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations, which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.” – 1 Timothy 1:4 [NLT]
There was a myth that spoke of two men that went through an area and were not received well by the people. Only one couple accepted these two men and in exchange for their acceptance, the couple was given a huge palace to live in while the others paid the price for their disbelief.
In Acts 14, as Paul healed a lame man through Christ, the people shouted about the gods coming down. They called Paul Hermes and Barnabas Zeus. They wanted to offer sacrifices. They did not want to be like the people in this myth.
Do you have a palace state of mind? If you would see a miracle before your eyes, would you attribute it to wherever the crowd was pointing? Or would you only point to Christ? The people of Lystra were eager for Paul and Barnabas to be gods. It would fit with this myth. It would make sense to the storyline in their minds. We, too, can believe in myths or we can make another choice—we can choose truth. We can choose the Truth. Don’t let the myths in your mind thwart you from accepting the Truth. God is not in a box. He is more than you could imagine. He will knock your socks off. Get ready!
“When the crowd saw what Paul had done, they shouted in the Lycaonian language, ‘The gods have come down to us in human form!’” – Acts 14:11 [NIV]